#DandyDays · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

Dandy Drive Quiltalong, Part 5

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Do you want to win this fat quarter bundle? Read on for details.

We’re already at week 5 of our Dandy Drive quiltalong. This week, we’re focused on assembly.

Download your assembly instructions here.

This is where I should be inserting some fabulous photos of my quilt assembly. Quilt Market is in less than 2 weeks & I forgot to get assembly photos of the yellow version of the quilt & don’t have enough progress on my other version to show assembly.  Sad, but true, folks.

Instead, this week, we want to see what you’ve got done!

To enter, share a photo of any part of your quilt that you’ve assembled on Pat’s page and be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of my Color Crush plaids.

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Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

#DandyDays · #Quiltmakers100Blocks · #Studio37Fabrics · Quilting

Block Tour Road Rally

Are you zooming along the internet highways and byways of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 15 Block Tour Road Rally?

I’m so excited to be part of this incredible group of designers. My name is even on the cover!

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So if you follow me on social media, then you know I love pinwheel blocks. So, when I started working on a design for this issue, I experimented with pinwheel variations.

Here’s my block:

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It uses my Dandy Days fabrics and several solids. One things I loved about the block as it evolved was how it could create additional, interesting designs when the blocks were set side by side. Here’s a whole quilt using the block:

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The block works in lots of color combinations. Here’s a warm version using other prints from my Dandy Days line.

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This block has lots of pieces so my best tip is to press the seams open as you piece each unit. While I grew up with the “always press your seams to the dark fabric” guidance, I’ve learned that with lots of small pieces coming together in a block, pressing seams open is almost magical.

Be sure to visit the Quilty Pleasures blog to see all the other blocks & enter to win some great prizes.

I’m giving away a copy of the magazine to a lucky winner. I’m also trying out this new way to give away prizes.

#DandyDays · Quilting

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop

Hello! I’m so excited to be part of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers event. I’ve been getting to know lots of other quilters and working to improve my blog over the last month. We have three fabulous hosts, each of who took responsibility for a group of us. My fearless leader is Yvonne, aka QuiltingJetGirl. I’ve stalked followed her on social media for ages so I was really excited to get a chance to work with her.

Our other hosts are Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Leeane at She Can Quilt. Be sure you visit all the hosts and visit all of us new bloggers–there’s a chance to win some great prizes.

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So, on to me . . .

Some readers might recognize my name from my years of traditional quilt design, books with a Civil War emphasis, and my long-running affiliation with McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts. Over the years, I’ve made more than 100 quilts in a variety of styles and fabrics.  I’m currently a fabric designer with Studio 37 Fabrics, a division of Marcus Fabrics. I’m an Aurifil thread designer, pattern designer, and author. This year, I ventured into designing acrylic templates and related patterns with Paper Pieces. Watch this blog for announcements about my new acrylics and some FREE patterns in the weeks leading up to Quilt Market.

One of my favorite original quilt designs is from way back in 2007. Comforts of Home appeared in McCall’s Quilting.  I still display it on my bed from time to time.

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In recent years, I’ve revisited my early love affair with batiks and with bright colors. This quilt uses my River Rock batiks. You have seen this at your local quilt shop since it was a block of the month pattern.

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I also did a version of it in my bright Radiant Reflections batiks.

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When I show these two quilts at trunk shows, people are always amazed it’s the exact same pattern and block placement with such different looks created by the fabrics.

One of my newest designs that debuted at QuiltCon and is officially available for purchase is this  . . .

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It’s my first design using my new fabric line:

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This line is all about communication. I’ll be back next week to tell you more about several of the prints, what they mean, and the inspiration behind them. The line is shipping to shops starting May 1. In the coming days, I’ll be able to share some fun projects using these prints that some of my friends have been working on.

For now, you can find some of my patterns here.

For my fabrics, always check with your local quilt shop first. If you can’t find them locally, I’ll have fabrics available here.

As part of our blog hop, many of us are sharing blogging tips. My best tip: take advantage of the “draft” and “schedule” features on your blog. If you’re like most quilters juggling too many things at once, it’s easy to let blogging slip down the priority list. I’ve found that if I start drafts of any posts that have a definite due date, I can then work on them a little at a time as inspiration hits. And, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as tackling a big post the night before it’s due to go up.

Scheduling posts lets me work ahead when I have breaks in my schedule and then I don’t miss important events.

Be sure to visit my fellow hive members this week:

Tami from Thrift Shop Commando @tvonzalez
Sandy from Sandy Star Designs  @sandymaxfield
Karen from Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats  @tunaquilts
Kathleen from Kathleen McMusing @kathleen_mccormick

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

Dandy Drive Quiltalong, Part 3

So many flowers are blooming in our Dandy Drive quiltalong. It’s fun to see your colors and combos. We have another fun giveaway this week so read on for details.

Now that we have flowers, it’s time to add stems.

Download the stem pattern here.

My best tip for success with the stem: When you’re sewing the HST units or the smaller units together, press your seams open.

There are quite a few pieces to the stem because I wanted easy sewing with no tricky angles or ruler gymnastics. Here’s a pic of the back of a stem:

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Here’s a finished stem:

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That’s my Daylight Sayings Time print in lemon as the background for this block. It makes me smile every time I see it.

This week, if you share a photo of your flower with a stem, you’ll be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of Pat’s Sunday Drive batiks.

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Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Quilting · The Splendid Sampler

Splendid Sampler book party (and a winner from the last post)

At long last, the Splendid Sampler book is here! I was so honored to be included in this fun event and can’t wait to SEW THE BOOK! Here’s a peek at my block.

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To celebrate the release, Martingale is hosting a fun Q&A with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Hop on over to their blog to read all about it & for a chance to win  some amazing prizes.

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Aurifil Thread · Dandy Days · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

We have a winner!

Pat & I are blown away by the response to our Dandy Drive quiltalong.

There’s still plenty of time to join in. Get the first free pattern via the download on my previous post.

You can still order a kit here.

We just restocked thread kits too. Sarah’s Dandy Days Aurifil kit even has 2 spools of 40 wt variegated thread perfect for machine quilting your project.

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Order your thread kit here.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of her very own Dandy Drive quilt kit is: “SewinColorJean” who posted:

I love the dark backgrounds especially the dark pink, which looks purple to me!

Email me your address, Jean and I’ll get your kit on the way!

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

Dandy Drive quiltalong, part one!

It’s finally here  . . . the first installment of the Dandy Drive quiltalong.

If you missed the yardage requirements last week, here it is again.

To motivate you to dive in, we’ve got a great prize this week. Read on for details!

To start, I’ve put together an overall cutting chart. I know some of you love to work ahead & cut everything out for a quilt at the very start. So, if that’s how you roll, then here you go.

Download the overall cutting information here!

Once you’ve taken a look at the overall cutting, let’s get started on the blocks.

Here’s the first FREE PATTERN!

With the first 2 installments, we’ll focus on making the flower blocks. To keep things super easy, I’ve broken the flower block down into 2 parts. The center of each flower is the traditional nine patch–not much easier than that, right?

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The quilt has 11 flowers. So from your fabrics, select 11 combos and construct your nine patches.

Remember, the fabric you select for the outer corner of the nine patch will continue on into the outer petals of the flower–so it will be the focus of each block. I want my flowers to stand out from my background so I’m putting the fabrics that contrast with my background the most in the outer corners of my nine patches.

It’s no secret that my favorite part of the quilt process just might be playing with fabric. Auditioning combinations, trying out all the “what ifs”. . . some days all I get done is arranging and rearranging possible choices. So, pairing up fabrics to find the perfect flowers was no exception. Here’s a few of the options I tried:

These are all prints from my Dandy Days line.

If you follow me, you know I’m definitely a “why use one, when you can use twenty?” kind of gal. So it was inevitable I would start thinking about what else I could pair with my Dandy Days fabrics. Solids are always an easy way to add a pop of color to a project so I cut some solid squares for some of flowers. Here are my first pairs for my nine patches.

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Check back in to see more of my combinations in a couple of days! As you start working on your nine patches, share your combinations with me  on Instagram & tag me (@sjmax105) and use our hashtag #dandydriveqal or share them on my Facebook page.

We’re all excited so many of you are sewing along and can’t wait to see everyone’s work. (Pat will be sharing details about more ways to share your blocks with us soon.)

We’ve partnered with Homestead Hearth for kits to make four versions of the Dandy Drive quilt.

So the prize. . . we want to give one lucky participant a kit to make the Dandy Drive quilt. Enter by commenting below and telling us which of the 4 colorways is your favorite. We’ll randomly pick a winner to receive that kit. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 9 at 12 noon, CST.

Can’t wait to win? BUY NOW and if you do win, I’ll send you a different prize of comparable value!

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website